There are few rooftops more magical to cocktail upon than those in New York City and as we come to the end of spring, it’s the season to fully enjoy them. With Manhattan's cinematic views, it doesn’t matter if you plan to sunbathe or star-gaze, both are ahhh-mazing! Rounding-up the most beautiful spots in the city to get beautiful design at altitude, here’s where to drink, brunch and get your seasonal panoramic hit.
Westlight at The William Vale
Fancy a drink at at the top of Brooklyn’s tallest skyscraper? Here you’ll find breathtaking views of Manhattan alongside craft cocktails and small plates from hotshot chef Andrew Carmellini. The William Vale hotel opened last year and is definitely worth a design/architectural creep too.
The Top of The Standard
Fun, fresh and right in the midst of the Meatpacking District, The Standard Hotel's rooftop is not to be missed. Sunbath by day, then at night pop to The Top of The Standard for floor-to-ceiling windows, opulent interiors, live jazz and a good dose of old-world glamour.
One of the most exclusive rooftops in the city, A60 at the Sixty Hotel is open to hotel guests and members only. The good news? You can host a private party! Gather-up your nearest and dearest and basque for a full day or night in the beautifully designed exteriors.
The Met Roof Top Bar
Situated on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum, the suitably named Met Rooftop Bar offers special views across the whole of Central Park. Be warned though: it can get touristy but it is well worth the wait. Try visit at an off-peak time when the rest of the city is at work…
The Press Lounge
Perched 16 stories above the city, even seasoned New Yorker’s love to come marvel at the city lights from The Press Lounge. With amazing views of both the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River, it makes the perfect Instagram sundowner spot.
Salon De Ning
A glamorous and time-tested NYC classic, Salon de Ning at The Peninsula features two outdoor terraces and an intimate interior bar. Overlooking Midtown and Fifth Avenue, it’s perfect for a post-shopping aperitif.
Bar 65 at The Rainbow Rooms
Proper attire and a reservation is required to enter this dramatic lounge (and the highest outdoor terrace bar in the whole of New York City). Situated 65 stories above the iconic Art Deco Rockefeller Center, it’s glamorous and magnificent.
This humungous roof deck is the largest in New York and has incredible views of the Empire State Building. Perfect for a summer afternoon drink or even a winter warmer in the colder seasons when they power-up the heat lamps and instal inflatable igloos
A mainstay rooftop bar that still boasts hidden-gem style charm, they re-open for summer in April and do a mean brunch (not to mention punch bowls). One of the most charming and pretty of all the city's rooftops.
The Ides at The Wythe Hotel
Situated in Brooklyn, at the top of this 'factory-turned-boutique hotel' on the Williamsburg waterfront., this lounge has the perfect views for those wanting to watch the sunset over Manhattan. They recently introduced a new gratuity-free menu too.